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I-Team: Providence Public Safety Complex plagued by problems

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The then-$50 million Providence Public Safety Complex opened in 2002, but has seen a significant amount of visits from repairmen ever since.

"We've had challenges with the building, both with the HVAC system, and with leaks in the ceiling and the roof. We've had a litany of problems with this building and it shouldn't be that way with a building only 10 years old," said Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.

A burst pipe Saturday flooded out three floors and will likely carry a six-figure repair bill.

Officers, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, told the NBC 10 I-Team the building gets so cold in the winter many of them went out to Ocean State Job Lot and bought space heaters to keep at their desks in the weeks leading up to Dec. 25.

Pictures provided to the I-Team showed heaters and their boxes in the piles of damage from the weekend flood.

"It's unacceptable that my members have to buy space heaters to stay warm at their desks," Taft Manzotti, president of the Providence Police Union told NBC 10.

Pare called the two issues unrelated and said he believes a draft and cold temperatures in the roof above the ceiling caused the pipe to burst.

"The bursting of the pipe this weekend, in my opinion, had nothing to do with the problems we've had with the HVAC system and any of the other problems we've had with the building. In fact, the temperatures are monitored and at the time of the bursting of that pipe, which was above the ceiling on the third floor, the room temp was 62 degrees," Pare said.

An insurance claim has been made for the damage.

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